Track incoming storms & get severe weather alerts — download the free Q13 News app
Donate to the Food For All holiday food drive

139 travelers rescued from snow on California mountain pass

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department rescued motorists stranded due to snow on Highway 138 early Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

(CNN) — It beats sleeping in your car at temperatures in the teens — maybe lower.

Motorists snowed in on a mountain pass near Los Angeles will wake up Wednesday in a church shelter after fire rescuers ferried all 139 of them down in three snowcat vehicles overnight.

They had gotten stuck near the town of Crestline, when a wreck blocked the road, and snow piled in on top of them, San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig said. Some of them pulled out their phones and called for help.

Cell phone pictures posted to Twitter showed vehicles that had slid off the road.

The all-weather, all-terrain snowcats, which have tank treads, trudged up the highway, the fire department said on its Twitter account. Then they took the motorists down to a local church.

Rescuers plan to help motorists recover their vehicles Thursday.

Elsewhere in the San Bernardino Mountains, snow caught at least 25 motorists in their cars. They were also being rescued and taken to a shelter, fire officials said.

CNN’s Tina Burnside and Lorenza Brascia contributed to this report.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s